What is a Resume?

Learn about Resumes with Robert De Niro

Case breakdown: Movie The Intern

The scene that you saw shows Ben (played by Robert De Niro)  recording a video resume for a new job. He is creating this video for the position of an intern. Although he is old, he has decided to be a senior intern for a fashion site founded by Jules Ostin (played by Anne Hathaway).

What is a Resume?

A Resume is a formal document. It is created by a job applicant to apply for a position at a company. A resume generally lists down academic qualifications and experiences. A resume is mostly accompanied by a cover letter. A cover letter gives the motivations of a candidate to join a company or the role.

A resume is a first step that is screened for the candidates in the selection process. Successful resumes features achievements of the candidate, previous experiences, educational qualifications, goals, increasing profits and team leading activities, if undertaken.

Being articulate, succinct language and clarity in writing are some of the characteristic features of the resume. Similar to the scene that we saw, Ben is articulate in his speech. He clearly mentions what he is looking to get in the organization. He says that he is looking to make connections, he wants to be challenged and wants to be needed. He comes across as authentic and genuine while talking about himself. He also mentions some of his qualities such as loyal, trustworthy and good in a crisis.

Ben does a great job in making a video resume, and he ends the video by saying that he still has music in him. A resume articulate as this one would definitely find the right recruiters. It is very important how information is being presented to the recruiter.

Resumes have changed over time, earlier resumes used to be lengthy and were not very clear. Over the years resumes took a big shift and they went digital. New formats came into being and many new information became normal such as linkedin profile link, website link, blog pages etc. Below is a format of a resume that many people use nowadays. These resumes come with photo, links to websites.

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